Here's one of the songs from the cycle, with German lyrics and English translation:
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Im Grunewald, im Grunewald ist Holzauktion, ist Holzauktion, ist Holzauktion.Grunewald is a wooded area on the west side of Berlin. This song (written in 1892) says, there's a wood auction there! To the left, to the right, everywhere, a big wood auction! There are more lyrics, involving a forester, someone kissing his daughter, and police sneaking around in the moonlight, but I can't quite translate the rest.
Links um die Ecke rum! rechts um die Ecke rum! überall ist große Holzauktion!
Here's an oompah version by the Bavarian Strollers, who are actually from the U.K.. This is a too fast for a Schottische, guys!
Goethe Institute is teaching this tune all over the world:
The tune was a favorite of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and he had his Greek hosts learn it when he was visiting in 1908.
Finally, here's one with a computer singing it: